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via the Dark Horse website:

A Special Letter About Helping Haiti 01/27/10

We were filling customer files at 8th Street Books & Comics, and we were listening to the news about the unfolding tragedy in Haiti. The urge to pitch in and help out had come to grip Saskatoon, as it had gripped most of Canada. It urged at us too.

That same week we had received two Dark Horse One-Shot Wonders lithographs (signed by Travis Charest, Joss Whedon and Mike Mignola) for bringing in a specific number of the Dark Horse one-shot comics over the last few months. We had also been given a signed Mass Effect poster. Coming up with a purpose for these items was easy.

We created a raffle — a lithograph a week — and for a dollar our customers could attempt to win one. The store would match that dollar, and the Canadian Federal Government would match our combined donation. Every dollar a customer put forward would effectively become four dollars.

The selling points for our fundraiser are many: fans of Buffy, Hellboy, Dr. Horrible or Mass Effect (to name a few) can’t help but be attracted to the allure of a signed poster; the art is beautiful and draws the attention of other customers, who may or may not be familiar with the relevant Dark Horse comics; the cause is also a really easy one to embrace, with the donation stretching exponentially.

We have had no trouble promoting the event when anyone stops in. The box we made and decorated is now too small for its purpose. Our first week will bring in an estimate of $420 ($160 from our first day, on new comic Wednesday). If the generosity continues, we will prolong the fundraiser and find further treasures to raffle, though it will be tricky to match the greatness which is the Dark Horse lithographs.

Thanks guys,

8th Street Books & Comics

Thank you, Pat Thompson. 8th Street Books & Comics is clearly a great shop, full of good people. We’re sending you a package of more signed lithographs as soon as possible.

If you’re anywhere near the Saskatoon area, we encourage you to visit the store and participate in the raffle.

You can also help by visiting Heroes 4 Haiti: http://heroes4haiti-fb.com/

“Heroes for Haiti’ Forms to Benefit Earthquake Victims

Heroes 4 Haiti

From their website:

Heroes 4 Haiti is a grassroots movement of artists seeking to raise money for organizations helping victims of the recent Haitian earthquake. Heroes 4 Haiti is not an organization, it’s a collective response to human tragedy. We’re asking everyone to donate a little bit of their talent, money or time towards helping those in need.

Please join us in helping our fellow human beings by creating art and auctioning it off for charity by listing it yourself using eBay’s Giving Works program, by bidding in these auctions, by donating to relief organizations, or by volunteering your time to helping rebuild Haiti in the wake of this catastrophe.

The organization was founded by comic creators Mike Cavallaro, Jeff Newelt and CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein the organization is raising funds for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

The group’s blog lists ways creators and fans alike can help, including a call to fellow creators to donate art/items or services for auction along with providing a directory of donation links to other organized relief efforts.

100% of the money raised goes towards the efforts.

Check out their website for a list of auctions, or become a fan of their Facebook page.